The Death Penalty Of Capital Punishment

960 Words Jul 6th, 2015 4 Pages
The justice system is filled with opposition. Those who support the use of Supermax, the death penalty and the execution of those who are mentally retarded and juveniles, and those who oppose the above mentioned. The following essay will discuss all mentioned topics.

In evaluating the use of “Supermax” against the long-term pathologies it creates, one must first consider what pathogies it actually creates: (1) It plays a role in producing or exacerbating mental illness in prison; (2) it affects the psychology and self-perception of prisoners, whether or not they can be described as mentally ill; and (3) it raises broader questions about the larger or “collateral” effects of the US prison complex. My evaluation of the Supermax system is that it is a method to make money, but is broken system and not beneficial or healthy for those confined to Supermax centers.

The alternative to “Supermax” prisons among other prisons, is the death penalty. Capital punishment is a highly debated topic. There are those who support the death penalty, and an equal amount of people who oppose it. There are many avenues to argue against the use of the death penalty. Two of those arguments are that, Firstly, capital punishment to be considered to be discriminatory, by those who oppose it. Those who oppose its use find it to be disproportionally used in cases where the defendant is underprivileged, in combination of being a minority. Secondly, the cost associated with capital punishment is…
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